36th Annual Conference
Driving Workforce Connections 

Partner. Broker. Intermediary. Navigator. Advocate. Policymaker. Elected Official. Business Owner. Jobseeker. Educator. Administrator. Funder. Provider. Parent. Student. Worker. Veteran. Do'er.  To build a strong and competitive workforce requires connections. Siloed approaches do not work. Pennsylvania's workforce development system and staff sit at the intersection of education, training, social services, information, community & economic development, and more. 
PWDA's 36th Annual Conference will highlight the value of connections, the importance of collaboration and improved coordination that ultimately better serve Pennsylvania business and workers. 
 Pennsylvania can build a strong workforce, together.

PWDA 36th Annual Virtual Conference
As we all navigate the COVID-19 impact across the Commonwealth, PWDA held it's first virtual Annual Conference!

Benefits of the virtual conference:

  • Nearly 60 workshop presentations (you no longer have to choose which ones to attend!)
  • Access to all Keynote Speakers 
  • A Robust State Leaders Panel featuring six(6) State Agency Executives 
  • Honor Employer and Individual winners at the Governor's Awards Ceremonies 
  • Live networking sessions with your colleagues, as well as our valued exhibitors and sponsors
  • All components of the conference at your convenience, from the comfort of your office/home
  • On-demand Conference presentations until November 30, 2020 for paid registrants

Over 95 speakers presented to Conference registrants - representing diverse backgrounds sharing the same goals: Building a strong workforce, connecting individuals to skills and family sustaining careers, support competitive employers find and keep the talent they need, and lifting up Pennsylvania communities! 


Opening Keynote Speaker:
Rocky Bleier - Four-time Super Bowl Champion and Vietnam war hero

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PWDA welcomed legendary speaker Rocky Bleier to the 36th Annual Workforce Development Conference. Kicking off the conference on Wednesday October 21st, Rocky reflected on the hard lessons learned early in life to overcome adversity and provided attendees with motivation and perspective to apply in their every-day professional and personal lives!


Closing Keynote Speaker:
Farai Chideya  - Journalist, Award-Winning Author, and Socio-Political Analyst

Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. She has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events around the globe.


Workshop Presentations 
Below you will find links to view available workshop presentations. The workshop videos were available for on-demand access to paid registrants through November.  The video links will be available for purchase in mid-December. 

Round One Workshops

Round Two Workshops

Round Three Workshops

Round Four Workshops

Round Five Workshops

Round Six Workshops

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